Cities, Heterotopias & Science Fiction (F19)

Draft 1 - Section 7

The pod is cushioned and relaxing. The views are beautiful yet intimidating. The light glistening from the surface of the ocean soon disappears into the darkness below. The darkness swallows up all the light eventually, leaving the bottom a pitch black abyss. In order to avoid that part of the trip I just keep looking up gazing at the sparkling light. I sort of wish I could sleep, but the results are coming soon and there is nothing that will keep me from them. A few times I have been able to catch glimpses of fish with one encounter occurring with a school of fish. But overall the first hour has been light rays from above and the abyss below. While keeping watch on the rays from above, I notice a message blinking across the pod screen.

 

-Life Screen Results-

 

My heart jumps as I notice the text on the screen. I immediately go to tap the message to begin reading the message. I’m confused as a video fails to pop up but random text like a command code. After it flashes by the screen the lights in the pod turn red. I begin to panic and look to see if something went wrong with the pod and if there was a means of contacting outside help. I pause in the middle of my actions when a single word pops up in red:

 

-Failed-

 

As that single word blinks on the screen my mind goes completely blank. Failed? What does it mean by Failed? The system failed must have failed, how could someone let the pod system fail when it was going to be used today? Then I feel my stomach lurch as I look to the upper left hand corner to see the name of the test that failed. There blinking in my face was Life Test. How can someone fail a Life Test. The test finds your best place in society, the perfect way to play your part. No one fails, everyone has a place. 

I don’t know what to do. I realize that the pod has stopped moving and upon closer inspection I realize that I’m sinking into the abyss that has been below me this entire ride. Another notification pops up informing me that no more oxygen is being released into the pod. I feel the panic seizing at my chest. There’s nothing for me to do. I’m just going to die, it’s as simple as that. All of the sudden everything clicks into place. This is where the test found I was best suited to be. My Life Test decided that the best way for me to play my part was to not exist in this world. I feel myself begin to faint. I was so happy just hours ago. I begin to question how things ended up this way as I begin to black out. The last thing I see is a series of shadows on the surface of the water. I don’t want this darkness.

 

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